- Application Essays
- McLean, VA
- Remote (Zoom, etc.)
Aimee Weinstein is a tutor, writer, and writing professor who currently lives in McLean, Virginia. She is a Term Assistant Professor of Humanities and Graduate Pathway Advisor at George Mason University, where she works with International Graduate students on their research writing, transition management, and other assorted factors that characterize a move to a new culture and American university life. She received her doctorate from the Department of Higher Education at George Mason University, where she focused on teaching writing to second language learners via a hybrid classroom.
Her passion is coaching students through the college essay process. Prior to her tutoring career, Aimee lived in Tokyo, Japan for over ten years. Aimee taught in the first-year writing department at Temple University Japan. In the past, she has held positions at The George Washington University and George Mason University, teaching classes in various levels and genres of writing, including freshman composition, research writing, and advanced expository writing. Her publications include several food and travel articles in English-language magazines in Japan. Aimee maintained a blog at TokyoWriter.com, where she fondly observed Tokyo life, and, in the summer of 2019, wrote a book on mastering the ACT essay.
The college essay is a mind-bending exercise for many students because it is like flexing a new muscle: the personal essay genre. Students are taught so much analysis in school, while the practice of reflection is sometimes overlooked. The best part of the college essay process is helping students learn the art of reflection. When students can look back on any time or aspect of their lives and not only see what happened, but why it happened, why it matters, and what they can learn from the event, they can then begin the process of reflection. It is with true reflection that the student’s best self appears masterfully on the page. The goal and joy of the process is helping the student find that moment on which to reflect and then how to make meaning of it for the reader. It’s a journey that is not meant for just “getting through” but perhaps even enjoying. It is a gift to be able to get to know students as I shepherd them through this process.